Hot young bands like the The Punch Brothers, Della Mae, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Quebe Sisters, Nora Jane Struthers, and Leftover Salmon are coming through town, while Chico will have a variety of live music 24/7 all month long in an effort to set a record for the longest concert.
Early in the month, Modesto and Cloverdale will host festivals with bluegrass content. Then, the last weekend in April will bring no less than four festivals to the north state (Santa Cruz, Boulder Creek, San Francisco, and Livermore), plus the huge (and surprisingly bluegrassy) Stagecoach Festival in the southland.
California bluegrass veterans Bill Evans, Dan Crary, and Steve Spurgin are playing all around the state this month. There are many other great shows to enjoy, some of them included in this selective “highlights” listing. Grab a fellow NCBS Friend and go see some live springtime bluegrass!
Entire Month Of April — Chico bluegrass & other bands will play live music 24/7 to break the Guinness Book Record for Longest Multi-Artist Concert, The Tackle Box, Chico.
1 — The Dim Lights With David Thom, Zodiac’s, Petaluma.
1 — Sidesaddle & Co, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
1 – Scott Nygaard & Friends, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax.
2 — Steep Ravine, Second Cousins, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.
2 – The Calamity Cubes!, The Naked Bookleggers, Willy Tea Taylor, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
2 — Bermuda Grass, Atlas Cafe, San Francisco.
2 — Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, Cargo, Reno, NV.
2 — The Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, The Fonda Theatre, Los Angeles.
3 — Yonder Mountain String Band, Ben Sollee, Fox Theatre, Oakland. (NCBS-welcomed)
3 — The Congress, Jim Lewin’s Edge Of The West, Zodiac’s, Petaluma.
3 & 4 — The Punch Brothers, Gabriel Kahane, The Fillmore, San Francisco.
3-4 – April Fool’s Moonshine Fest-Of-All, Sebastopol Grange, Sebastopol.
4 — True Life Troubadours, The Surf Spot, Pacifica.
4 — Alabama Bow Ties, Sugar By The Pound, Young & Lowe, The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz.
4 — Bad Apple String Band, Jamison’s Roaring Donkey, Petaluma.
4 – Rick Ednie’s Bluegrass Roundup, Lulu Carpenter’s, Santa Cruz.
4 – Leftover Salmon, Belly Up, Solana Beach.
4 – Grateful Bluegrass Boys, Auburn Event Center, Auburn.
5 — Santa Clara Valley Fiddlers Association, Hoover School, San Jose.
6 — Bean Creek, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
6 — Leftover Salmon, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company, Chico.
6 — Sweetwater String Band, Moe’s BBQ, Tahoe City.
6, 7 & 8 – Charlie Parr & Betse Ellis, Peppermill Resort & Casino, Reno, NV.
7 — Bean Creek, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
7, 8 & 9 — Leftover Salmon, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael.
8 — Mr. Banjo & The Lonesome Wailers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
8 — Dark Hollow, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
9 – Charlie Parr & Betse Ellis, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
9 — Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
10 — Hilltown, Pajaro Bar and Grill, Salinas.
10 — Gayle Lynn & The Hired Hands, The Scofflaw Two, The Lost Church, San Francisco.
10 – Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, Oaksongs, Pilgrim Congregational Church, Redding.
10 — Sons Of Jefferson, The Mountain Men, Hideout Saloon, Mariposa.
10 — Suzy Bogguss, Piper’s Opera House, Virginia City, NV.
10 & 11 — Leftover Salmon, Crystal Bay Club, Crystal Bay, NV.
10-12 – Modesto Unplugged Music Festival, various venues, Modesto.
11 — Bearcat Stringband, Cato’s Alehouse, Oakland.
11 — Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, Redwood Bluegrass Associates, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto. (NCBS-welcomed)
11 – Cloverdale Old Time Fiddle Festival, Citrus Fairgrounds, Cloverdale.
11 – Vintage Grass, First Street Cafe, Benicia.
11 — Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band, House Concert, Davis.
11 – Blithdale Canyon, Murphy’s Iriah Pub, Sonoma.
11 — The Jakobs Ferry Stragglers, Rootstock, Winters.
12 — Cliff Compton & Mountain Top, Faith Presbyterian Church, Sacramento.
12 – Belle Monroe & Her Brewglass Boys, Sound Of Sirens, Thee Parkside, San Francisco.
12 – Alan Munde & Bill Evans, (House Concert) bill (at) billevansbanjo (dot) com, Richmond.
12 – Suzy Bogguss, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
12 — Evo Bluestein, House Concert (831) 649-5605, Monterey.
13 — Steep Ravine, Amnesia, San Francisco.
13 — Bangers & Grass With Blaine Sprouse, Kensington Circus Pub, Kensington.
13-19 – CBA Spring Campout, Stanislaus County Fairgrounds, Turlock.
14 – Charlie Greene & Band, Old Salt Union, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
15 — The Whiskey Brothers, Albatross Pub, Berkeley.
15 — David Thom Band, Twin Oaks Tavern, Penngrove.
15 – Garrison Keillor, Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium, Santa Cruz.
16 – The Mosey Boys, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
16 — Arlo Guthrie, Mondavi Center, Davis. (Plus Rita Hosking — free courtyard concert before main show)
16 – Blue & Lonesome, Willowbrook Ale House, Petaluma.
16-19 – Old Settler’s Music Festival, Salt Lick BBQ Pavilion & Camp Ben McCulloch, Driftwood, TX.
17 — The Beauty Operators, Nobody From Nashville, Plough & Stars, San Francisco.
17 – Poor Man’s Whiskey, The Coffis Brothers, Moe’s Alley, Santa Cruz.
17 — Shepherd Canyon Band, USS Potomac, Oakland.
17 — Arlo Guthrie, Zellerbach Hall, Berkeley.
17 — Jim Hurst, 5th String Music Store, Sacramento.
17 — Bev Barnett & Greg Newlon, Cypress Meadows Conference Center, Moss Beach.
17 – Erica Sunshine Lee, We Became Owls, The Ardent Sons, The Vivants Duo With Pam Brandon, Great American Music Hall, San Francisco.
17-19 – North County Bluegrass & Folk Club Spring Campout, KOA Campground, Chula Vista.
18 — Jim Hurst, Sebastopol Community Center, Sebastopol.
18 — The Robinson Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
18 — Amber Cross, Gurf Morlix, Vines On The Marycrest Winery, Paso Robles.
18 — Poor Man’s Whiskey, Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara.
18 — Canyon Johnson, Mission Pizza, Fremont.
19 – David Grier, House Concert, Morgan Hill.
19 — San Bruno Mountain Boys, San Gregorio General Store, San Gregorio.
20 — Windy Hill, Amnesia, San Francisco.
21 — The Quebe Sisters, Sierra Nevada Brewery, Chico.
21 — Cabin Fever, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
22 — Trail Rides Band, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
22 — Rushad Eggleston, TAARKA, Don Quixote’s, Felton.
22 – The Quebe Sisters, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
22 — High Country, Albany Taproom, Albany.
22 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Hotel Cafe, Los Angeles.
23 – Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, Coast Cafe, Bolinas.
23 – The Quebe Sisters, The Salty Suites, Plaza Playhouse, Carpinteria.
23 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Brick & Mortar Music Hall, San Francisco.
23-26 – Merfefest, Wilkes Community College, Wilkesboro, NC.
24 – Mark O’Connor & Maggie Dixon, Freight & Salvage, Berkeley.
24 — The Dim Lights, Moose Lodge, Pacifica.
24 — Jimbo Trout & The Fishpeople With Annie Staninec, Roosevelt Dime, Studio 55 Marin, San Rafael. (TV Show Taping)
24 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Harlow’s, Sacramento.
24-25 – Seabright Stringfest, various venues, Santa Cruz.
24-26 – DIO Fest, Camp Krem, Boulder Creek.
24-26 – Two Day Town, Del Valle Regional Park, Ohlone Wilderness, Livermore.
24-26 — Stagecoach Festival, Empire Polo Club, Indio.
25 – Howell Mountain Boys, Earth Night At Connolly Ranch, Napa.
25 – Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line, Vintage Wine Bar, Redding.
25 — Concert With Conversation: Rita Hosking & Sean Feder, Tallman Hotel, Upper Lake.
25 — Spring House, Woodshed Music & Arts, St. James Church, San Jose.
26 – Maverick: A Bluegrass Duo, Winter’s Tavern, Pacifica.
26 – San Francisco Festival Of The Mandolins, Croatian American Cultural Center, San Francisco.
26 — Nell Robinson, Jim Nunally, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Hopmonk Tavern, Sonoma.
26 — Evil Diane, The Sand Bar, Half Moon Bay.
27 — Courthouse Ramblers, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
27 — The Earl Brothers, Amnesia, San Francisco.
28 — Chatham County Line, Slim’s, San Francisco.
28 — Slide Road, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
29 — Della Mae, The Chapel, San Francisco.
29 — Chatham County Line, The Palms, Winters.
29 — Matt & George & Their Pleasant Valley Boys, Sam’s BBQ, San Jose.
29 — Glad To Be Here, Phil’s Fish Market, Moss Landing.
29 — Jimbo Trout & Steve Bass, The Tee Off Bar and Grill, San Francisco.
30 — Dan Crary Bill Evans & Steve Spurgin, Live Oak Unitarian Universalist Church, Goleta.
30 — Scott Nygaard & Friends, Sleeping Lady, Fairfax.
30 — Mill Creek Ramblers, Mission Pizza, Fremont.